Sun Netra CP3250 Blade Server Product Notes

Sun Netra™ CP3250 Blade Server
Product Notes
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January 2010 Revision A
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Contents
Sun Netra CP3250 Blade Server Product Notes
Known Issues
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Enhancements
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Retaining Custom IPMC Configurations Across Upgrades
Upgrading Linux (RedHat 5.3) Firmware for BIOS
Overview
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Additional Copyright Information
Related Documentation
System Components
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Software Components
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Required Hardware Components
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Optional Hardware Components
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Installing the Blade Server and Software
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Upgrading Your Firmware and Software
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Sun Netra CP3250 Blade Server
Product Notes
The Sun Netra CP3250 Blade Server Product Notes contain important and late-breaking
information about the Sun Netra™ CP3250 blade server. This document includes
information about upgrading to ATCA R3U3.
This document contains the following topics:
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“Known Issues” on page 2
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“Enhancements” on page 2
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“Overview” on page 4
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“Additional Copyright Information” on page 5
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“Related Documentation” on page 5
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“System Components” on page 6
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“Installing the Blade Server and Software” on page 8
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“Upgrading Your Firmware and Software” on page 9
Caution – You must use shielded cables for all ports to satisfy EMI compliance
standards.
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Known Issues
The following known issues exist in this release of the Netra CP3250 board hardware
and software.
TABLE 0-1
Known Issues
ID
Problem
Workaround
6764337
FMA support unavailable for 5100 chipset
memory controller. FMA faults reported on
DIMMs could be erroneous.
Enhancements
The R3U3 release provides the following enhancements:
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Retaining custom IPMC configurations during upgrades
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Upgrading Linux (RedHat 5.3) firmware for BIOS
Retaining Custom IPMC Configurations Across
Upgrades
IPMC configuration variables are now retained across firmware upgrades and
downgrades, as long as the version being downgraded to supports this feature.
IPMC has a group of parameters that are stored in SEEPROM (NV Storage). All
variables are part of one data structure. Each of these variables performs a function
and can be set or read via commands. These variables are stored across IPMC resets.
However, previously, these variables were reset to default values when new or
upgraded firmware was installed.
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This enhancement retains any custom values you configured for the following
variables.
TABLE 0-2
IPMC Variables for Which You Can Retain Configurations
Variable
Description
log_level
Controls the log level of the debug messages.
Payload
timeout
Controls the timeout for payload response. IPMC, after sending payload
alert, expects OS to respond within this time. Used in graceful reboot and
graceful shutdown features.
Payload
shutdown
timeout
Controls the payload shutdown timeout as described in the graceful
reboot/shutdown specification. This is the time that an OS would take to
shutdown its applications before IPMC shuts it down or resets the
payload.
Verbosity
Controls the debug mode verbosity of the messages. Selectively, messages
from/to a particular interface can be enabled/disabled. Used for
debugging only.
AMC power up
timeout
Controls the time it would take for the AMCs/ARTM to come up before
the payload is brought to M4 state.
IPMC Control
Reflects IPMC’s control bits. Currently two bits, Bit 0 and Bit 1 control
LED2 and LED1 on the boards.
If you want to reset these variables to their default, use the new Reset IPMC
configuration variables command.
For detailed command information, refer to the Netra CT 900 Server Administration
and Reference Manual (819-1177).
Upgrading Linux (RedHat 5.3) Firmware for BIOS
Support was added for the Linux BIOS Update Utility. This utility is a stand-alone
application for Linux that incorporates the BIOS payload and application required to
perform a BIOS update. The utility uses the /dev/mem interface to access the BIOS.
For this application to work on a Linux system:
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The LPC interface driver must be configured within the kernel to allow writes to
the BIOS
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The BIOS must be mapped into /dev/mem
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CP32x0 BIOS version 1.03 or newer must be installed to perform a BIOS update
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The CP32x0 BIOS consists of three regions:
1. Boot BIOS Region, which contains the lowest level system initialization.
2. NVRAM Region, which stores system specific configuration data.
3. Main BIOS Region, which includes system configuration code.
The utility can be used to update any or all of these regions. Typically, only the main
BIOS region needs to be updated, but in some cases it might be necessary to update
the Boot BIOS region
For detailed instructions, refer to the README file.
Overview
The Sun Netra CP3250 blade server is a dual-socket quad-core Intel-based ATCA
blade for high performance ATCA x86 applications in wireless infrastructure and
central office consolidation.
This blade server complies with the AdvancedTCA specification and is a new
addition to SUN's ATCA product family.
The ATCA standard comprises the PICMG 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3 versions of the
standard. The Sun Netra CP3250 blade server complies with the following
specifications:
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PICMG 3.0, the base specification that defines the mechanical, power distribution,
system management, data transport, and regulatory guidelines.
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PICMG 3.1, which builds on the PICMG 3.0 base specification and on IEEE 802.32003.
The Sun Netra CP3250 blade server can be used either in the Sun Netra CT 900 shelf
(chassis) or in a compatible third-party ATCA chassis.
Because the Sun Netra CP3250 blade server is available as a standalone option, it has
its own set of blade-specific documentation.
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Additional Copyright Information
This product is covered and controlled by U.S. Export Control laws and may be
subject to the export or import laws in other countries. Nuclear, missile, chemical
biological weapons or nuclear maritime end uses or end users, whether direct or
indirect, are strictly prohibited. Export or reexport to countries subject to U.S.
embargo or to entities identified on U.S. export exclusion lists, including, but not
limited to, the denied persons and specially designated nationals lists is strictly
prohibited.
Related Documentation
The following documents ship with the Sun Netra CP3250 blade server:
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Important Safety Information for Sun Hardware Systems
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Sun Netra CP3250 Blade Server Getting Started Guide
Refer to the Sun Netra CP3250 Blade Server Getting Started Guide for information on
obtaining the rest of the Sun Netra CP3250 blade server documentation. The
documentation is available at the following sites:
http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/prod/cp3250.brd#hic
http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/prod/n900.srvr#hic
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System Components
This section describes the system-level software and hardware components, required
and optional, for the Sun Netra CP3250 blade server.
Software Components
An OS is required to operate the blade server. The Sun Netra CP3250 blade server
has been tested for compatibility with the following OS software:
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Solaris™ 10 (05/08) Operating System (Solaris OS)
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WindRiver Linux 3.1
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RedHat Linux 5.2
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Windows 2003
For information on versions of the Solaris OS, including installation, see the
appropriate Solaris Documentation Collection at the Sun Documentation web site at:
http://docs.sun.com
For information on the WindRiver Linux, RedHat Linux, and Windows operating
systems, see the documentation that came with the operating system.
Refer to the appropriate vendor documentation for more information on your
operating system. Web site URLs are provided as follows.
TABLE 0-3
Third-Party OS Web Sites for Downloading Software
Operating System
Web Site URL
RedHat Linux
https://hardware.redhat.com/hwcert
Windows
http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/
Windriver Linux
http://www.windriver.com/products/linux/
Note – At the third-party OS web site, search for “Sun Netra CP3250” to find the
download package(s).
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Required Hardware Components
The Sun Netra CP3250 blade server cannot be used as a stand-alone system. It is
designed to be used in an ATCA chassis for 8U boards. The minimum hardware
requirements needed to use the Sun Netra CP3250 blade server are as follows:
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ATCA system enclosure for 8U boards (includes shelf, backplane, hub/switch
board, shelf manager and power supply)
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Console output device or serial terminal
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Boot device (such as hard drive, network, or Compact Flash card)
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Peripheral device for network access
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IPMC (built in)
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Cables for terminal and network connections
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Sun Netra CT 900 server fan tray upgrade kit (PN 594-4953-01). If you are
installing the Sun Netra CP3250 blade server in a Sun Netra CT 900 server that
has lower-speed fan trays, you must upgrade the Sun Netra CT 900 server fan
trays to support the additional cooling needs of the Sun Netra CP3250 blade
server. For more information on the Sun Netra CT 900 server fan tray upgrade kit
(PN 594-4953-01), see the Sun Netra CT 900 Server Upgrade Guide (820-3255).
Caution – You can damage the Sun Netra CP3250 blade server components if you
install the blade server in a chassis that does not provide sufficient cooling. For more
information, see the Sun Netra CP3250 Blade Server User’s Guide (820-5195).
Note – Use only serial cables that are less than 10 meters in length.
Optional Hardware Components
Sun Microsystems provides the following items for customer order:
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Compact Flash card
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AMC cards
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Netra CP32x0 10GbE Advanced Rear Transition Module (ARTM-10G)
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Netra CP32x0 SAS Storage Advanced Rear Transition Module (ARTM-HD)
This ARTM is available in a single HD and a dual HD:
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Single HD: XCP32X0-RTM-HD1-Z
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Dual HD: XCP32X0-RTM-HD2-Z
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Note – The Netra CP32x0 ARTM is optional and must be ordered separately from
the Sun Netra CP3250 blade server.
The optional ARTM enables rear system I/O access to the following:
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Network
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Boot device
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Hot-swappable SAS hard disk drives (optional)
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Console terminal
Sun Netra CP3240 switch (optional)
The Sun Netra CP3240 switch is capable of operating at 10 GbE, but the Sun Netra
CP3250 blade server is set by default to operate at 1GbE. To use the switch at 10
GbE, perform a one-time configuration procedure, available in the Sun Netra
CP3x40 Switch Product Notes (820-3260).
Installing the Blade Server and Software
For complete instructions on installing and configuring the blade server, refer to the
Sun Netra CP3250 Blade Server User’s Guide (820-5195).
The Sun Netra CP3250 blade server does not ship with an onboard disk on which to
install an operating system (OS). Install the OS on an advanced rear transition
module (ARTM), or on another compatible device such as an Advanced Mezzanine
Card, Bootable CompactFlash, or Bootable USB device.
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Upgrading Your Firmware and Software
New releases contain the most up-to-date features, enhancements, and bug fixes.
Using an earlier release could limit your use of features and enhancements, and
could affect your systems with known issues.
For detailed information and upgrade instructions, refer to these Product Notes and
to the README files for the blade server and firmware.
Be sure to check for any updates that are available. If you are using Solaris OS,
software updates, firmware updates, and support information for the Netra CP3250
board and advanced rear transition modules can be found at the Sun Download
Center:
http://www.sun.com/download
For information on your specific configuration, contact your local Sun Services
representative.
http://www.sun.com/service/contacting/solution.html
Note – Be sure to download and install the nxge driver patch 138049-04 or newer.
To upgrade your blade servers and Sun Netra CT 900 server at the same time, invoke
the autofwupgrade command from the ShMM. For instructions, refer to the the
README and Sun Netra CT 900 Server Product Notes.
If you are using a third-party OS, see the applicable vendor’s web site for
updates.For users who want manual control of the firmware upgrade process, use
upgrade tools such as upgradefw and others instead of the ShMM
autofwupgrade. Refer to the README for instructions.
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